More business travellers choosing airline based on connectability
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/18/2012 -- The ability to connect to the internet during flight has become a major factor of choosing an airline, so JetBlue is looking to take advantage of that fact.
Having internet connection is a strong asset and valuable one for those who are travelling on business. Staying connected is often the key to optimal efficiency and falling behind in many businesses. Thus, many such business customers will choose an airline that offers online service, even if said service is hit-and-miss or expensive to use.
Because of this trend in choice, more and more companies are choosing to provide such services on their flights. The latest to throw their hat into the fray is Jet Blue. JetBlue is planning to launch in-flight WI-Fi in the first quarter of 2013. They will be able to provide baseline service in over two dozen jets by 2013.
The most popular way to provide service are the Gogo Inflight Internet, OnAir, and Row 44 options. Gogo Inflight Internet has 92 skyward-pointing towers that cover North America. OnAir uses broadband satellite receivers for InMarsat’s 4G system. Row 44 is much like OnAir and uses HughesNet satellite Internet access, enabling provisions for worldwide services over land and water.
JetBlue has stated it will utilize satellite-based services. It will partner with ViaSat. JetBlue noted the method will offer “exponentially more bandwidth” than competitors.
Many airlines in the US that offer in-flight internet make use of Gogo Inflight Internet. The system has notable limitations given that they rely on stationary towers on the ground. ViaSat makes use of Ka-Band satellite systems, which surpasses speeds of peer satellite systems.
Data speeds for the JetBlue version are not yet known. ViaSat’s Exede Internet Service will promise 13Mbps or more for each passenger, thus JetBlue will likely offer something near the same quality.
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